Supplements

Dietary supplement is recalled for banned substance

EZ Weight Loss TX is recalling all lots and all expiration dates for LaBri’s Body Health Atomic and LaBri’s Body Health Xplode weight loss capsules because they contain sibutramine, an appetite suppressant banned in the U.S. market since 2010.

As the FDA recall notice states, “Sibutramine is known to increase blood pressure and/or pulse rate in some patients and may present a risk for patients with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias, or stroke.… Continue Reading...

275,000 calls to poison control centers for dietary supplement exposures

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U.S. Poison Control Centers receive a call every 24 minutes, on average, regarding dietary supplement exposures, according to a new study from the Center for Injury Research and Policy and the Central Ohio Poison Center, both at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

The study, published online in the Journal of Medical Toxicology, found the rate of calls regarding dietary supplement exposures increased (46.1%) during 2000 to 2002, decreased (8.8%) during 2002 to 2005 and increased again (49.3%) from 2005 to 2012.

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Anabolic steroids cause workout supplement capsules to be recalled

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Four brands of workout supplement pills with anabolic steroid ingredients have been yanked from the market in mass recalls.

Andropharm recalled all lot numbers and expiration dates of Sten Z and M1 Alpha capsules, sold in 60-count bottles in retail stores nationwide and online. Andropharm pushed both as helping enhance muscularity.… Continue Reading...

Supplements: If you have an adverse event, report it

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“Adverse events” are unfavorable or unusual reactions/effects/illnesses that can occur with the use of some dietary supplements, just as they can with over-the-counter and prescription medications. Examples of adverse events include anxiety, headaches, increased blood pressure, vision problems, and stroke. Such adverse events may be due to one supplement taken alone or to combinations of supplements or to interactions between drugs and supplements.… Continue Reading...

Is whey protein the way to go?

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Protein supports muscle growth and repair. People often turn to protein supplements (such as whey, casein, and soy) to optimize those effects, especially after a workout. However, whole foods, not dietary supplements, should be your first choice for protein. Whole-food protein sources such as lean meats, fish, dairy products, legumes, nuts, and seeds are just as effective as (in some cases more effective than) protein supplements.… Continue Reading...

Is DMAA coming back?

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DMAA has been illegal for use as an ingredient in dietary supplements for more than 3 years. It still is, but just when you think it would be disappearing from the market, it seems to be on a slight rise again. Our online search of available dietary supplements with DMAA turned up 11 products we had never encountered before, in addition to 34 products still on the list since before DMAA became illegal.… Continue Reading...

Energy drinks: different labels, same risks

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Most energy drinks are now labeled with Nutrition Facts instead of Supplement Facts, but that doesn’t automatically make them safe. The most popular energy drinks contain about 80–120 mg of caffeine per serving (8 oz.)—about the same amount of caffeine in an 8-ounce coffee. Caffeine isn’t necessarily a bad thing. When used appropriately, caffeine can boost mental and physical performance.… Continue Reading...

Supplements: Can you spot a red flag?

Some dietary supplements on the market can contain unsafe ingredients and might even contain ingredients not listed on the label. If you are currently using or considering using a dietary supplement, ask yourself these questions to minimize your risk of consuming potentially harmful products.

Is it a high-risk dietary supplement? High-risk product categories include:
  • Bodybuilding
  • Weight loss
  • Sexual enhancement
  • Pain
  • Cognitive enhancement
Is the label missing a third-party certification/ verification label?
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Chilling out with relaxation drinks?

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If you’re feeling stressed, don’t rely on liquid relaxation products to relieve your tension. While energy drinks are promoted to give you an extra boost, relaxation drinks* are marketed to do just the opposite and help you, well, relax. These products commonly contain the amino acid theanine, as well as several different plant-based ingredients.… Continue Reading...

Why do some protein powders have Nutrition Facts labels while others have Supplement Facts labels?

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has specific definitions for conventional foods and dietary supplements, but protein powders can fall into one or the other. There are no definitive guidelines for protein powders, and a product’s category (and, thus, label) depends on how the manufacturer intends the product to be used.… Continue Reading...